CWUNewsNews VA to Designate CWU a Veteran Supportive Campus, 05 Nov 2015 14:47:54<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 350px; height: 210px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University will formally be designated&nbsp;a “veteran supportive campus” on Tuesday, November 10. The <a href="" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)</a> is awarding Central the&nbsp;designation based on the&nbsp;university’s demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of military personnel in Ellensburg, at university campuses statewide, through online classes, and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p>The ceremony will include CWU veterans,&nbsp;local veterans’ organizations, representatives from the university Air Force and Army ROTC detachments, comments from US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and local elected officials who are veterans.<br>&nbsp;<br>At the 11:00 a.m. salute, in Barge Hall 412, CWU President James L. Gaudino, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, will sign the memorandum of understanding on behalf of the university.&nbsp;</p><p>“This is a tremendous honor and a credit to the faculty and staff who work hard to make our veterans and their families welcome here every day,” said Gaudino.</p><p>WDVA Deputy Director&nbsp;Gary Condra&nbsp;will represent the agency at the event.<br>&nbsp;<br>“We’re excited that Central Washington University has taken the initiative to become a Partner for Veteran Supportive Campuses,” said Condra. “With so many transitioning service members entering higher education across our state, this program helps to share best practices and highlight those campuses who have gone above and beyond in helping veterans achieve their higher education goals. We’re excited to see what’s next for the CWU Veterans Center and applaud your efforts to serve veterans on your campus.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Ruben Cardenas, CWU Veterans Center director, will also make brief remarks concerning university outreach to the more than 500 veterans and family members now taking classes and completing coursework on a variety of degrees through the university.<br>&nbsp;<br>By signing the agreement, CWU commits to:<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Encourage campus-wide implementation of best practices and policies to foster social support, acceptance, a welcoming environment, and a setting that meaningfully acknowledges the contributions of veterans;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Encourage the exchange of information between participating organizations to support veteran success;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Encourage veterans to use GI Bill benefits;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ensure staff and veterans have access to services through WDVA and its federal and local partners;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Help veterans succeed in post-secondary education and training;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Increase awareness of veteran’s programs on and off campus; and<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Provide staff members with a core set of veteran cultural competencies.<br>&nbsp;<br>Between 2012 and 2015, the number of United States military veterans studying at CWU increased by 20 percent. The increase is 30 percent when active duty, reservists, and eligible dependents are factored in.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>November 5, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Veterans Hiring Event, 08 Sep 2015 11:05:22<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 457px; height: 600px;"><br><br><strong>September 10, 2015<br>2707 St NE, Auburn, WA 98002<br>1:00-4:00pm</strong></p></br></br></br></br>Discover Orientation 2015, 26 Jun 2015 10:16:27<p>Students coming over to the Ellensburg campus for orientation please plan to attend our <strong>Veterans Services session </strong>on Day 1 of orientation.&nbsp; If you have not signed up for orientation please do so (<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Sign-Up</a></strong>).&nbsp; This is the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Program </strong></a>which contains specific dates/times for orientation.<br><br>Students that are attending a transfer orientation here is the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Program </a></strong>information.<br><br>For students who have not contacted our office and plan to utilize GI Bill benefits fill out our <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>New Student Information Form</strong></a> prior to orientation.&nbsp; If you have not applied for your education benefits this can be completed via <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Online Application</a></strong>.&nbsp; For eligibility questions/clarification contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.<br><br><br>Thank You,<br>Veterans Center Staff</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Notification of 2015 Compliance Survey, 10 Jun 2015 15:31:49<p>The Veterans Administration requires that students receiving education benefits are notified when a VA compliance survey is being conducted.&nbsp; The compliance survey will take place on 11-12 June 2015.<br><br>Please <a href="" target="_blank">contact</a> our office if you have any questions or concerns.<br><br>Thank You,<br>Veterans Center Staff</p></br></br></br></br></br>Summer Quarter Registration 2015, 17 Apr 2015 15:25:41<p><strong>Summer has two sessions; a six and nine week session</strong>.&nbsp; For the six week session you will only need 6 credits to be full time.&nbsp; For the nine weeks session one will need to be registered for 9 credits to be full time.&nbsp; Please remember all classes must meet degree requirements.</p><p>If you want to be full time and do a combination of the sessions one will need to register for at least 9 credits that run all the way through the 9 week session.&nbsp; The reason is so when the 6 week session ends the VA will stop counting those credits for that class.&nbsp; For example if someone was in 2 classes for a total of 9 credits and the six week session class ends which was worth 4 credits, for the remaining 3 weeks they are only at 5 credits which would put them at the half time rate.</p><p><em><strong>There are also special sessions, like 4 week classes.&nbsp; If these classes are 5 credit hours, then you most likely will be considered full time, but you will want to contact the VA to confirm that status – 1-888-442-4551.</strong></em></p><p>Summer quarter has a separate <a href="">financial aid </a>application please keep this in mind.</p>Veterans Center Survey 14-15, 13 Apr 2015 11:50:13<p>Dear CWU Student Veterans and Dependents,</p><p>We have collaborated with multiple entities in the CWU community to create a survey that will help us better serve the needs of our CWU Veteran community.&nbsp; Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.&nbsp; If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to the following link <a href=""></a>. We appreciate your input and look forward to continuing and strengthening the services we provide.</p><p>Thank you,<br>Veterans Center Staff</p></br>Veteran Graduation Celebration & SALUTE Honor Society Induction, 09 Apr 2015 14:22:42<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 126px;"></p><p>You are cordially invited to attend the veteran graduation celebration and SALUTE induction ceremony. Graduating veterans will receive a CWU alumni veterans coin. SALUTE inductees will be presented with honor society certificates and SALUTE coins. Dinner and beverages will be served as part of the program.</p><h2><a href="">RSVP required please fill out this form</a></h2>Senior Summit, 18 Mar 2015 08:15:57<p><strong>*Senior summit is an opportunity for graduating seniors to meet potential employers, learn about leadership in organizations, receive tips for networking, negotiating, mentoring and staying connected to Central Washington University.</strong></p><p><strong>*Potential employers will be present to engage in conversation about opportunities available in their companies, what they are looking for in future employees, and to answer any questions that you may have to give you an advantage over others.</strong></p><p><strong>*Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 308px;"></p>Translating Your Military Experience Workshop, 14 Jan 2015 10:06:10<p>Veterans, do you realize how valuable your military training and experience can be in choosing a career direction and finding employment? The Veterans Center and Career Services have collaboratively created a workshop to help veterans find a career path and build a resume using their military experience. This workshop is equally useful for all veterans, regardless of class standing.</p><p><strong>Thursday, Feb 19, 2015<br>4:00 pm to 5:00 pm</strong></p><p><strong>CWU Ellensburg, Academic &amp; Research Common (ARC) at Brooks Library</strong></p><p><strong>Questions? Contact Career Services at (509) 963-1921 or</strong></p></br>Important Information Regarding TA and VA Benefits, 15 Dec 2014 11:54:28<p>The below advisory applies to anyone using TA and their GI Bill simultaneously, especially those of you using &nbsp;1606 or 1607.&nbsp; The National Guard Bureau is trying to repeal this but until further notice we cannot certify your classes if you have tuition assistance.&nbsp; At this point the only recourse available to us is Congress, write our representative an email or contact Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs <a href=""></a> to seek advice on resources.</p><p>Please notify our office whether you decide to use your VA benefits or Tuition Assistance to ensure that your enrollment is processed correctly.</p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong>ADVISORY:</strong>&nbsp; <strong>Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>BACKGROUND:&nbsp; </strong>The Department of Defense (DoD) recently updated its instructions regarding the utilization of Tuition Assistance.&nbsp; In these updated instructions, DoD announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill program other than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code).&nbsp; To implement this policy change, DoD required all schools participating in the Tuition Assistance program to sign updated memoranda of understanding stating that the schools will not certify the same class for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607.&nbsp; As of September 4, 2014, all participating schools have signed such memoranda.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>These limitations on the concurrent receipt of both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits have not yet been replicated in the DoD instructions regarding the administration of chapters 1606 and 1607.&nbsp; Therefore, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which administers the chapter 1606 and 1607 programs based on DoD’s instructions, is not technically prohibited from processing claims for 1606 or 1607 even though Tuition Assistance has already been used for the same classes.&nbsp; However, the practical effect of DoD’s changes to the Tuition Assistance instructions, and the newly signed memoranda, is that schools should no longer be providing VA with certifications for classes under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is also using Tuition Assistance to pay for all or part of the class.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ol><li><strong><em>From this point forward</em></strong><em>, School Certifying Officials should not certify any class to VA for benefits under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is receiving Tuition Assistance for the class.&nbsp; Since this is a point forward requirement, there is no need to take any action on current or past classes.</em></li></ol><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="2"><strong><em>If any future terms have already been certified for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607, then the School Certifying Official should decertify those terms for GI Bill benefits.&nbsp; </em></strong><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li><em>The member should be contacted and advised of the limitation on concurrent receipt and be given the opportunity to choose which benefit he or she would prefer to use.&nbsp; </em></li><li><em>If the member chooses to continue to use Tuition Assistance, then no further action is required.</em></li><li><em>If the member chooses to receive chapter 1606 or 1607, then the member needs to contact DoD to discontinue his or her use of Tuition Assistance.&nbsp; Once decertified for Tuition Assistance, the School Certifying Official should recertify these classes for chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.</em></li></ol></li></ol><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="3"><em>In the future, if a school, through the actions of the Tuition Assistance Administrator and the School Certifying Official (whether those are two separate individuals or one person functioning in both capacities),&nbsp; does certify a class for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits,&nbsp; then the school and the Servicemember may be subject to the following DoD actions:</em><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li><em>Censure and possible suspension from the Tuition Assistance program for violations of the memorandum of understanding.</em></li><li><em>Debt collection on the Servicemember for the amount of Tuition Assistance paid.</em></li></ol></li></ol><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="4">VA will not establish or collect any debts for the amounts paid under 1606 or 1607 due to concurrent receipt.</li></ol></p align="center"></p align="center"></p style="margin-left:.5in;"></li value="2"></ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"></p style="margin-left:1.0in;"></li value="3"></ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"></p style="margin-left:1.0in;"></li value="4">